Football fans in the U.S. will get a chance to take a ride on a fully-electric bus at this week’s Super Bowl in Minnesota.
Helping shift an expected crowd of more than 66,000 people will be a 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 electric bus.
The zero-emission bus, which will be operating for the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA), will not only have to deal with capacity loads, but also the icy Minnesota winter weather.
Temperatures as low as minus 22 degrees are forecast for Super Bowl week, however, Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra, tells us the Catalyst is a proven performer in extreme cold weather.
“With thousands of visitors coming to town, this was the perfect time to team up with MVTA and demonstrate the Catalyst E2 vehicle’s unique cold-weather performance capabilities,”
“To compete in the transit market, we’ve placed great emphasis on designing for durability, and we’ve created a drivetrain and battery system that completely outperforms conventional fossil-fuel powered drivetrains in every major performance category.
“We’re excited to support MVTA and our transit partners as they redefine what it means to move the masses.”
No word yet on the Proterra electric buses coming to Australia, we will keep you updated though.